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SAVIE - Training for videoconferencing in education

SAVIE (Support Action to Facilitate the Use of Videoconferencing in Education) is a recently completed support project funded by the "Education and Training" sector of the Telematics Applications programme. It provides practical training in the use of videoconferencing - for b...
SAVIE (Support Action to Facilitate the Use of Videoconferencing in Education) is a recently completed support project funded by the "Education and Training" sector of the Telematics Applications programme. It provides practical training in the use of videoconferencing - for beginners as well as experienced videoconferencers - with the aim of opening up the new opportunities for greater flexibility and accessibility in education and training offered by videoconferencing techniques.

With the necessary "know-how", teaching a class through videoconferencing is as easy, or as difficult, as any other kind of teaching. SAVIE's mission is to provide this "know-how" on a Europe-wide basis. Its partners, the University of Leuven and Helsinki University of Technology, are jointly producing training and information tools to help teachers and trainers use videoconferencing for training and educational purposes.

SAVIE is developing two training modules: a four-hour "stand-alone" course, consisting of a handbook and a video tape; and an eight-hour tele-tutored version based on two videoconferencing sessions taught by a tutor experienced in using videoconferencing in an educational context.

To support this eight-hour training course, SAVIE has established a Europe-wide tutoring network. Tutors belong to a range of education and training institutions and represent a variety of teaching backgrounds. The project is responding to a need to improve support for videoconferencing in Europe, since, despite continued growth in its use, little attention has been paid to the development of training in the appropriate use of videoconferencing that is tailored towards Europe's training and educational establishments.

First versions of the training package have been tested successfully with over 70 users in Belgium, Finland, The Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom. Feedback from this testing shows that SAVIE's key strength is its use of practising teachers as tutors.

Users of the training courses will also benefit from SAVIE's World Wide Web information resource, which provides practical information on teaching and learning using videoconferencing, as well as links to other useful sites. SAVIE is also in the process of compiling a directory of organizations using videoconferencing for educational and training purposes.

The two SAVIE training modules will be available, in English, French and Dutch, from August 1997. Spanish, Finnish and German versions are in preparation.

- The four-hour stand-alone course costs ECU 95. This course is ideal for individual learning;
- The eight-hour tele-tutored version costs ECU 950 and is designed for training groups of up to ten people.

Source: ECOTEC

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